Gopal Sreenivasan, PhD


Gopal Sreenivasan, PhD
Crown Professor of Ethics
Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine
Professor of Philosophy

Professor Sreenivasan’s recent work has focused on three themes. He has written on health and human rights, mostly in a sceptical vein; he has defended the justice of health care rationing; and he has investigated the injustice of inequalities in health. Outside of bioethics, his recent work has mainly been about virtue. He is currently completing his second book, Emotion and Virtue (Princeton).

Before coming to Duke, Professor Sreenivasan taught at Princeton University and the University of Toronto. Between 2000 and 2002, he was a Senior Fellow in the Department of Clinical Bioethics at the NIH.

His recent talks in bioethics include:

"Injustice and inequalities in health," Medicine Grand Rounds, Temple University Hospital. 26 April, 2017.

“Waiver or understanding?  A dilemma for autonomists about informed consent,” Keynote Lecture, Society for Applied Philosophy Annual Conference.  Queen’s University, Belfast.  2 July, 2016.

“Human rights and public goods:  Problems from health and beyond,” 2016 Austin J. Fagothey Philosophy Conference on Global Human Rights.  Santa Clara University.  30 January, 2016.

“Still no human right to health(care):  Against the argument from subtraction,” Neubauer Collegium Symposium on “Is Healthcare a Human Right?.”  University of Chicago, 10-11 October, 2014.


Is it permissible to maximise individual health?,” Workshop on “Justice in health:  trade-offs and conflicting values.”  McGill University.  28 April, 2012.

Should virtue be taught?,” Character Project Conference.  Wake Forest University.  May 30, 2015.


For more information about Professor Sreenivasan, please see his Philosophy page or his website.